[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission


NOTICE OF RECEIPT

REQUEST TO AMEND THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE
SUNRISE POWER PROJECT (98-AFC-4C)
SIMPLE-CYCLE FLEXIBLE QUARTERLY EMISSION LIMITS

On July 16, 2002, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) received a request to amend the Energy Commission Decision for the Sunrise Power Project (SPP). SPP is a 320MW simple-cycle natural gas fired power plant that commenced commercial operation on June 27, 2001. The site is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield, and one mile southwest of the intersection of State Route 33 and Shale Road in Kern County, California. The proposed modification will allow for flexible emission limits of criteria air pollutants (i.e., particulate matter, sulfur/nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and carbon monoxide) on a quarterly basis during 2002/2003. No changes are proposed for daily or annual emission limits. This request will allow SPP to respond to anticipated surges in peak-period power demands. The Sunrise Power Company is presently in the process of converting the simple-cycle power plant to operate as a combined-cycle power plant by summer of 2003, at which time simple-cycle operations will cease.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCEDURES

The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1769). The petition is currently being reviewed by Commission staff, and a staff analysis is expected to be completed in the next several weeks.
This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and local property owners who may want to participate in the amendment process.

  • If you would like to receive a copy of the petition to amend the project, staff's analysis, or the Energy Commission's order if the changes are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

  • If you have questions or wish to make comments regarding this proposed project change, please contact Nancy Tronaas, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-3864, or by e-mail at ntronaas@energy.state.ca.us, within 10 days of the date of this notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

Date: (Signed 7-22-02)

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TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting




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